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Flash Flood Warning Lamar County til 9:45PM

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 18:42

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 945 PM CDT

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* AT 638 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A THUNDERSTORM PRODUCING
HEAVY RAIN ACROSS NORTHERN LAMAR COUNTY. UP TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN
HAVE ALREADY FALLEN BASED ON RADAR ESTIMATES. FLASH FLOODING IS
EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
SULLIGENT…DETROIT…BEAVERTON…LAMAR COUNTY AIRPORT… BLOOMING
GROVE…CREWS…BEDFORD…GATTMAN…LAMAR COUNTY PUBLIC
LAKE…HIGHTOGY…HENSON SPRINGS…PINE SPRINGS AND CODY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND NOW. ACT QUICKLY TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE.

PLEASE REPORT FLOODING TO YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WHEN YOU
CAN DO SO SAFELY.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Lee/Russell til 7:30PM

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 18:35

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN RUSSELL COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA…
LEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 PM CDT

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* AT 633 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM COLUMBUS TO BLEECKER TO NEAR BEANS MILL…MOVING
WEST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
AUBURN…PHENIX CITY…OPELIKA…SMITHS…SMITHS STATION…
LADONIA…BEANS MILL…UCHEE…BLEECKER…GRIFFEN MILL…BEULAH…
SEALE…RUSSELL COUNTY SPORTS COMPLEX…BEAUREGARD…CRAWFORD…
LADONIA SPORTS COMPLEX…FORT MITCHELL ACTIVITY CENTER…GOAT ROCK
LAKE…PHENIX DRAG STRIP AND MOUNT JEFFERSON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER CONTACT YOUR NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.
THEY WILL SEND YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN
BIRMINGHAM.

LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS AND CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY.
LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN
HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS…AND MAY LEAD TO
FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Chambers/Randolph til 7:15PM

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 18:21

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHERN RANDOLPH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN CHAMBERS COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 715 PM CDT

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* AT 620 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR CRYSTAL
LAKE…OR NEAR ROANOKE…MOVING SOUTHWEST AT 15 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ROANOKE…STROUD…WADLEY…RED LEVEL…WELCH…ABANDA…CRYSTAL
LAKE…PENTON…TRAMMEL CROSSROADS…SPARKLING SPRINGS…ROCK
MILLS…DICKERT…ROCK STAND AND ROANOKE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. PEOPLE OUTSIDE
SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING AND AWAY FROM
WINDOWS.

LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS AND CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY.
LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN
HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM…AND MAY LEAD TO
FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Lamar County til 6:45PM

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 18:06

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 645 PM CDT

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* AT 604 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER SULLIGENT…
MOVING SOUTHWEST AT 15 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
VERNON…SULLIGENT…BEAVERTON…LAMAR COUNTY AIRPORT…CREWS…
BEDFORD…GATTMAN…LAMAR COUNTY PUBLIC LAKE AND PINE SPRINGS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. PEOPLE OUTSIDE
SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING AND AWAY FROM
WINDOWS.

LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS AND CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY.
LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN
HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

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Heat Levels Fall Friday

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 15:24

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR EAST ALABAMA: Despite this watch for East Alabama until 9pm CT… the radar is relatively quiet at mid-afternoon…

Scattered storms will remain possible statewide through tonight; a few storms over East Alabama could produce strong winds in the watch area this evening. Like most summer afternoons, the thunderstorms will be scattered, and random.

TOMORROW: The weather won’t change much tomorrow. Still hot and humid, and the risk of a few widely scattered thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours. The high will be in the mid 90s.

HEAT RELIEF FRIDAY: The advertised pattern change begins Friday, as a long wave upper trough forms over the eastern half of the U.S. Here in Alabama, showers and storms will increase in coverage by Friday afternoon, and a good chance most communities won’t get out of the 80s. SPC has the northern third of the state in a “marginal” severe weather risk Friday afternoon.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday continues to look relatively wet with a rare late June cold front approaching, with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms during the day along with a high only in the low to mid 80s. There will be some breaks in the rain, and the sun might peek out at times, but expect rain delays if you have something planned outdoors.

Sunday looks delightful for the northern half of the state, with ample sunshine, lower humidity, and a high in the mid 80s. Showers and storms will be confined to the southern quarter of Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: Dry, continental air will stay in place Monday. Some of the colder spots across North Alabama could wind up in the cool 50s for a brief preview of fall. The day will feature ample sunshine along with a high in the upper 80s… humidity levels will stay low for late June.

We will mention a small risk of a shower Tuesday, and then scattered showers and storms will return by Wednesday and Thursday with increasing moisture levels. Highs during the mid-week period will be in the 87 to 90 degree range. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine along the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through Saturday with scattered storms possible daily. Coverage of showers and storms will increase a bit Sunday and Monday, but even on those days you will see a decent amount of sunshine. Then, for the rest of next week, it looks like routine summer weather, with partly to mostly sunny days and the usual risk of scattered thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. The sea water temperature this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees.

TROPICS: A large amount of dry air covers the Atlantic tropical basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected anytime soon.

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I enjoyed seeing the kids in the summer program at Stephens Elementary School in Alexander City this morning… be looking for theme on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Watch County Notification

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 14:13

This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.
WWUS64 KBMX 241912
WCNBMX

WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 348
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
212 PM CDT WED JUN 24 2015

ALC121-250200-
/O.EXA.KBMX.SV.A.0348.000000T0000Z-150625T0200Z/

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS EXTENDED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 348 TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS UNTIL 9 PM CDT THIS
EVENING

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 1 COUNTY

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

TALLADEGA

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…SYLACAUGA AND TALLADEGA.

$$

ALC005-011-015-017-019-027-029-037-051-081-087-101-109-111-113-
123-250200-
/O.CON.KBMX.SV.A.0348.000000T0000Z-150625T0200Z/

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 348 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 9 PM CDT THIS
EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 16 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

COOSA ELMORE MONTGOMERY

IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

CALHOUN CHAMBERS CLAY
CLEBURNE LEE MACON
RANDOLPH RUSSELL TALLAPOOSA

IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA

CHEROKEE

IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

BARBOUR BULLOCK PIKE

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALEXANDER CITY…ANNISTON…
ASHLAND…AUBURN…CENTRE…EUFAULA…HEFLIN…JACKSONVILLE…
LANETT…LINEVILLE…MILLBROOK…MONTGOMERY…OPELIKA…
PHENIX CITY…ROANOKE…ROCKFORD…TROY…TUSKEGEE…
UNION SPRINGS…VALLEY AND WETUMPKA.

$$

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch for East Central Alabama Til 9 p.m.

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 13:56

LATE REPORT
Talladega County has just been added to the severe thunderstorm watch. The severe storm near Bremen will likely get into Talladega County as well.

ORIGINAL POST
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for portions of East Central Alabama and much of Georgia. It is valid until 9 p.m.

Alabama counties include: Barbour, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, Randolph, Russell and Tallapoosa.

Strong to severe thunderstorms are erupting over Georgia in a very unstable airmass this afternoon. One severe thunderstorm is near Smyrna northwest of Atlanta and another near Dacula. Another strong storm is around Buchanan, north of Bremen, just over the border the Alabama’s Fruithurst.

These storms are expected to drift southwestward. Some will get into Alabama.

Damaging winds is the main threat. Is it just too hot for large hot to reach the ground generally this time of year. There could be some small hail. Of course, all thunderstorms carry the threat of deadly lightning. Torrential rains will accompany them as well.

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Break In The Heat Friday

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:24

STILL HOT THROUGH TOMORROW: Birmingham has recorded a high of 97 degrees the past two days; the hottest days so far this summer. We will be pretty close to that today and tomorrow; most communities will see a high between 94 and 97 degrees with hazy sunshine and the usual towering cumulus clouds.

A decaying MCS (mesoscale convective system) moved into far North Alabama late last night; some of you over the northern counties had a nice lightning show, but as expected those weakened as they moved deeper into the state, and at daybreak there is nothing on radar.

Widely scattered storms will fire up again later today, SPC has all 67 Alabama counties in a “marginal” severe weather risk. The primary threat is from “wet microbursts”, or local areas of strong straight line winds. These are very difficult to warn for since they are of very short duration, and cover a small area. We will watch radar trends closely later today when they get on the board. But, many neighborhoods will be just hot and dry.

Not much change tomorrow; hot and hazy with a few widely scattered storms.

HEAT RELIEF FRIDAY: A pattern change will break the back of the heat; an upper trough will carve out over the eastern half of the nation, and we expect a much higher coverage of showers and thunderstorms Friday afternoon. A good chance we won’t get out of the 80s Friday because of the increased clouds and rain activity.

THE WEEKEND: Saturday still looks fairly wet, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. The high will only in the low to mid 80s, and if you have something planned outside be ready for rain delays. However there will be some nice breaks in the rain, and the sun should peek out at times. Then, dry air arrives Sunday, and the day looks very pleasant with ample sunshine, lower humidity, and a high in the mid 80s. Any showers and storms Sunday should be confined to the southern third of Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: I think the cooler places across North Alabama will start Monday with a low in the 50s; we stay dry during the day Monday with a mostly sunny sky and a high in the mid to upper 80s. We will bring back the chance of scattered showers and storms Tuesday and Wednesday with a high both days between 87 and 90. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: A large amount of dry air covers the deep tropical Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected anytime soon.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day through Saturday with scattered thunderstorms. Storms will be a little more numerous Sunday and Monday, but even on those days expect a decent amount of sunshine. The rest of next week looks very routine, with partly to mostly sunny days and the risk of scattered storms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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Tennessee Storms Dropping South

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 21:38

Storms over Tennessee have intensified tonight and are dropping south toward North Alabama.

They are lined up generally along I-40 southwest of Nashville toward Jackson TN. They extend east of the Music City to near Crossville. They are dropping south and southeast at 20 mph. They have tremendous amounts of lightning and torrential rains. The one northwest of Waynesboro had a severe thunderstorm warning on it for a time.

Trees and powerlines are reported down in Murfreesboro southeast of Nashville. Some roads around Murfreesboro are closed by flooding. Two inches of rain fell in 90 minutes there.

Will the storms hold together as they move toward Alabama? Probably. The atmosphere is already beginning to stabilize over North Alabama, but the storms may hold together into the Tennessee Valley. They will be accompanied by gusty winds and frequent lightning.

Will they make it to the I-20 Corridor? Probably not. They should go downhill through the late evening and into the early morning hours.

But we will be watching.

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A Break In The Heat By Friday

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 15:34

HOT SUMMER AFTERNOON: Another sizzling summer afternoon across the great state of Alabama, with temperatures mostly in the 94 to 97 degree range. Storms over the northern counties are very isolated, heaviest ones in the state as I write this are down in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, where severe thunderstorm warnings have been posted.

Isolated storms are still possible tonight statewide, but many places will be dry.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: The weather probably won’t change much on these days. We do note SPC has much of Alabama in a “marginal” severe weather risk tomorrow; any isolated storms that form could produce a wet microburst; local areas of damaging winds that are almost impossible to warn for because of their short duration and limited coverage. But, not much change with hot, humid conditions continuing. Highs will remain in the mid to upper 90s.

HEAT RELIEF: A pattern change will break the heat at the end of the week; a large upper trough begins to form over the eastern U.S. Friday, and we expect a good increase in the number of showers and thunderstorms with temperatures not getting out of the 80s because of clouds and showers. Best chance of rain will come Friday afternoon, but a few morning showers can’t be ruled out.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday continues to look fairly wet… a day with more clouds than sun and occasional showers and thunderstorms. The high will be only in the low to mid 80s, and some North Alabama communities could hold in the 70s all day because of clouds and showers. Then, dry air drops into the northern half of the state Sunday; we will forecast a partly to mostly sunny sky with a high in the mid 80s along with lower humidity values. Showers and storms Sunday should be confined to the southern counties of Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: For now Monday and Tuesday look mostly dry and pleasant for North/Central Alabama, with mostly sunny days and fair pleasant nights; highs in the 80s, and lows in the 60s. Cooler spots could reach the 50s early Monday morning for a little preview of fall.

TROPICS: A large amount of dry air coming off the African deserts covers the Atlantic basin; some of that is actually making the sky more hazy across Alabama today. Tropical storm formation is not expected this week.

AT THE BEACH: We project about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day along the coast through Saturday with the daily risk of scattered thunderstorms. Storms should be a little more numerous Sunday, but there still should be a decent amount of sun in place. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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A Break In The Heat Late This Week

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 06:33

HOT THROUGH MID-WEEK: An upper ridge across the southern U.S. will keep our weather pretty much unchanged through tomorrow with hot, humid days and isolated thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs will remain in the 94-98 degree range, and the chance of any one spot seeing an afternoon storm is about one in five. And, like yesterday, storms that form during the peak of the heat will pack a punch, with lots of lightning and potential for localized areas of strong winds (wet microbursts).

There were a few small pockets of tree damage yesterday from afternoon storms near McCalla, and Roebuck.

HEAT RELIEF ON THE WAY: I still think we see mid 90s Thursday with a little higher coverage of afternoon storms, but the big break begins Friday as an upper trough forms over the eastern third of the U.S. Showers and storms become more numerous Friday, and there is a good chance we won’t get out of the 80s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday looks relatively wet, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. But, there will be some decent breaks in the rain, and the sun will be out at times. On the positive side, the GFS is printing a high of only 82 degrees for Birmingham Saturday afternoon, and there is a decent chance some North Alabama communities won’t get out of the 70s because of the clouds and showers. A very nice break from the summer heat.

Then, on Sunday, the surface front pushes down toward U.S. 80, putting the northern half of the state in dry air. Based on the projected upper air pattern, this is very possible, and we will forecast partly to mostly sunny weather Sunday from I-20 north with no mention of rain, along with lower humidity levels. Showers and storms Sunday should be confined to the southern half of Alabama. And, temperatures stay pleasant with a high in the mid 80s.

NEXT WEEK: Looks most all of Alabama will be in dry air Monday, with ample sunshine, low humidity (at least for a summer day), and a high in the 80s. Some of the cooler pockets across North Alabama will visit the 50s at daybreak Monday, a little preview of fall. Then, moist air comes back Tuesday and Wednesday and we will mention a chance of scattered showers and storms both days. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: We project about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day through Saturday along the Gulf Coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores, with a few widely scattered showers and thunderstorms around. Coverage of showers and storms will be a little higher Sunday, but there will still be a decent amount of sunshine. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is covered by dry air off the African continent, and tropical storm formation is not expected anytime soon.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. Scroll down for the show notes on the new episode we recorded last night.

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WeatherBrains 491: Milk Out of My Eyeballs

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 05:15

WeatherBrains Episode 491 is now online (June 22, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’ Guest WeatherBrain is the Deputy Chief of Staff for the National Weather Service. Welcoming Paul Schlatter to WeatherBrains.

Paul Schlatter works at NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) in the Office of the Assistant Administrator, as an executive advisor to the Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director of the NWS. In this position, he staffs the director on a wide range of policy issues and is involved with strategic and tactical discussions with the NWS Corporate Board. His one year post began in April, 2011, and in March, 2012, he transitioned to NOAA’s Program Coordination Office (PCO). As the NWS’s PCO representative, he was a liaison between NWS leadership and NOAA leadership, and staffed Dr. Jane Lubchenco (NOAA Administrator) and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan (NOAA Deputy Administrator) for events related to the NWS mission. Prior to working at NWS headquarters, Paul worked for 8 years at the NWS Warning Decision Training Branch (WDTB) in Norman, OK, the first three years were as a contract employee through the University of Oklahoma/CIMMS. While with WDTB, he designed and delivered a wide range of training modules for the NWS, focusing on high impact weather warnings. He was the project lead for the dual-polarization radar operations course and was instrumental to the success of the development and current deployment of the upgrade to the nation’s fleet of 159 radars. As subject matter expert in the NWS for the operational application of dual-polarization radar products, he has presented at countless conferences, workshops, and meetings. He is an active member of both AMS and NWA. Paul graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA with a BS in Engineering Physics, and received an MS in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 116 at Death Valley, CA, and 26 at Boca Reservoir, CA
  • May, 2015, Wettest on Record for US
  • Tropical Storm Bill came and went late last week
  • Severe weather risk across Great Lakes area
  • Bill produced more heavy rain in parts of Texas and Oklahoma
  • Pattern change coming to the eastern US in about 5 days
  • and more!
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    From The Weather Center:

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    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Use and interpretation of Doppler Radar

    Brian Peters – doubles with John Scala!

    John Scala – May 2015 Wet Month in US

    Kevin Selle – Tropical Cyclone Rainfall Data

    Rick Smith – Weather services for the Nation

    James Spann – James Spann’s roots

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Space Weather Prediction Center

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    Storms Around Birmingham

    Mon, 06/22/2015 - 16:06

    A few storms have developed in the Birmingham area over the past 90 minutes.

    One rapidly developing one is just northeast of the Birmingham Airport. It grew to over 40,000 feet tall in just a matter of minutes.

    Other strong ones are along the Jefferson/Walker County line south of Dora. They have been producing up to one inch of rainfall per hour.

    Another strong storm is west of Maylene in northwestern Shelby County.

    Storms are growing west of Rockford in Coosa County and near Chelsea in Shelby County.

    Be ready for brief heavy rain, gusty winds and deadly lightning.

    Everything is moving very slowly to the east.

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    Heat Levels Fall Later This Week

    Mon, 06/22/2015 - 15:22

    HOT SUMMER DAY: Temperatures are generally in the 92 to 95 degree range across North/Central Alabama, and as expected showers and storms are few and far between. But, where storms have formed, they are strong with frequent lightning and gusty winds.

    An upper ridge will keep our weather hot tomorrow and Wednesday; we project a high between 94 and 98 degrees for most communities with a good supply of hazy sunshine. Like today, afternoon storms will be isolated.

    HEAT LEVELS FALL LATER THIS WEEK: A pattern change means the heat will back off late this week with an increase in the number of showers and thunderstorms. It will be most noticeable Friday, with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms along with a high only in the 80s.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday looks relatively wet with occasional showers and storms, but it won’t rain all day, and there will be intervals of sunshine. Interesting to note that the 12Z GFS run is printing a high of only 81 degrees for Birmingham Saturday afternoon due to the clouds and showers. And, that same model run is suggesting drier, continental air drops into the northern half of Alabama Sunday, with lower humidity, and few, if any showers by then. Sunday’s high is expected to be in the mid 80s with the bulk of the showers and storms over the southern half of the state.

    NEXT WEEK: For now it looks dry and pleasant Monday and Tuesday, with ample sunshine both days, low humidity levels, and highs in the 80s. The chance of scattered showers and storms will return by Wednesday and Thursday; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    AT THE BEACH: About 8 to 10 hours of sunshine along the Gulf Coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores tomorrow through Friday with widely scattered thunderstorms each day. Then, for the weekend, about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine with scattered storms becoming a little more numerous Saturday and Sunday. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with 90s likely inland.

    TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the week.

    WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30p CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around Alabama, or on the web here.

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    Heat Levels Rising, Then Falling

    Mon, 06/22/2015 - 06:41

    SUMMER HEAT: An upper ridge will push afternoon temperatures up into the mid to upper 90s across North/Central Alabama today through Wednesday. The hottest temperature so far at Birmingham this summer is 96 degrees, recorded last Wednesday (June 17)… we might be able to beat that by a degree or two tomorrow or Wednesday.

    This is no “heat emergency”, and seeing numbers like this in the summer at this latitude are fairly common. If you listen to our show “WeatherBrains”, you know we won’t bombard you with idiotic ” heat tips” like “go into an air conditioned room” and “drink water” when you are hot. But, if you are working outside no doubt it will be very uncomfortable for the first half of the week.

    And, the warm air aloft associated with the upper ridge will keep the weather mostly dry… an afternoon storm is not totally out of the question, but they will be few and far between.

    HEAT LEVELS FALL LATER THIS WEEK: An upper air pattern change will bring a better chance of showers and storms, and lower heat levels to Alabama by Thursday and Friday. A high amplitude pattern will feature an upper ridge over the western half of the nation, where you will find the hottest weather, and an upper trough over the eastern states, with higher rain chances and cooler temperatures. By Friday there is a good chance we won’t get out of the 80s with cloudy periods and scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The upper trough stays in place, meaning a few passing showers and thunderstorms are likely both Saturday and Sunday. Not a “wash-out”, but if you have something planned outside no doubt you will have several rain delays. The GFS model is suggesting highs only in the mid 80s both days, well below average for late June in Alabama.

    The upper air pattern will persist into at least the first half of next week, with below average temperatures and the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms on a daily basis. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is very quiet; there is a large area of dry air from the African deserts over the deep tropics, and tropical storm formation is not expected this week.

    AT THE BEACH: Expect another sunny day on the coast today from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores, then about 8 to 10 hours of sunshine each day tomorrow through Friday with widely scattered thunderstorms. Storms could be a little more numerous over the upcoming weekend, but you will still see a decent supply of sunshine Saturday and Sunday. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 83 degrees.

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    Heat Going Up Again

    Sun, 06/21/2015 - 06:37

    The remnants of Bill were moving off the Mid-Atlantic states this morning, and Central Alabama benefitted from Bill yesterday with some spots picking up around a third of an inch of rain in scattered showers mainly along the Interstate 20 corridor. But today begins another round of hot weather for Central Alabama as the much advertised upper ridge over the Southwest US builds into and across the Southeast US. Showers should become pretty scarce, but there could be an isolated shower or two today as highs climb into the middle 90s.

    And today marks two happenings! First, it’s Father’s Day so happy Father’s Day to all you Dads. And today marks the official start to summer as the sun has come as far north as it gets before heading back south, the summer solstice.

    The upper ridge builds across the Southeast US for the first of the week with Tuesday and Wednesday expected to be the hottest days. It will be mainly dry as showers will be scarce and highs reach the middle and upper 90s for us. Heat indices both of these days are likely to reach the 100 to 105 degree range.

    But stay hopeful for there are changes on the horizon. The GFS begins to develop a trough over the eastern US as we head into the latter part of the week. By Friday and Saturday, the trough becomes established with a front coming southward into the Ohio and Tennessee River Valleys. This trough will suppress the ridge for the Southeast US and push it back toward the western US. The northwesterly flow along with more clouds and additional showers and thunderstorms will help bring temperatures back to more typical values for late June with highs around 90 degrees – upper 80s if you want to be really optimistic.

    The trough stays with us into the weekend as it becomes a more prominent feature over the eastern US. This will probably mean a somewhat active weather pattern for the Southeast US and Central Alabama with fairly good shower possibilities as well as the anticipated break in the heat.

    Through much of next week, expect fairly typical summer weather along the northern Gulf Coast. At the beach highs will be in the upper 80s while just inland readings will be in the lower 90s. Showers and storms will be possible each day as the sea breeze develops. There will be plenty of sun for all to work on those tans, but be sure to use sunscreen since the UV index is extreme. Water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab was 87 degrees.

    The main focus for severe weather in the US will be along the Ohio River Valley and back into the northern plains states as the ridge keeps the main storm track and the traveling westerlies well north of Alabama. And the tropics remain quiet with nothing expected for the next couple of days in either the Atlantic or eastern Pacific basins.

    Peering further into the future, the long range GFS holds onto the eastern US trough as we head into the first few days of July, but as you might expect, that pattern will not last long with the ridge forecast to come back as we head into the Fourth of July and just beyond.

    James Spann is expected back from vacation tomorrow with the next edition of the Weather Xtreme Video. Be sure to stay aware of the heat, be sure to stay hydrated, and when working or playing outside, don’t overdue it!

    -Brian-

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    Saturday Showers and Storms

    Sat, 06/20/2015 - 15:06

    UPDATE 3:25
    A new storm formed over Vestavia and has moved south to near I-459 with very loud thunder and torrential rains. My house picked up .67 inches in ten minutes. That is impressive!

    The NWS has issued a significant weather advisory for southern Jefferson and northern Shelby Counties.

    ORIGINAL POST
    Showers and storms have formed this afternoon across North Central Alabama generally in the I-20 Corridor. Just before 3 p.m., the biggest storms were south of Moody in northeastern Shelby County and entering Pickens County from Mississippi.

    The storm near Sterrett in NE Shelby County might even spit out a little teeny tiny hail.

    All of them have the potential for brief heavy rain, gusty winds and lots of lightning, but they should not produce severe weather.

    Everything was pushing east quickly at about 35-40 mph.

    The activity is at the tail end of a long feeder band from Tropical Depression Bill, which is entering West Virginia.

    SUMMER ARRIVES: The summer solstice occurs tomorrow at 11:36 a.m. The summer we have been talking about since June 1 (beginning of meteorological summer) and experiencing for weeks will finally officially be here.

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    Here Comes the Ridge

    Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:39

    The remnants of Bill were moving eastward across the Ohio River Valley this morning, so the northern third of Alabama was seeing some effects with a few showers traversing the area. Chances for showers thanks to Bill will stay up for much of the morning and into the afternoon, but then the ridge from the Southwest US will become the major player in our weather pattern bringing heat back to Central Alabama. Todays highs will be in the lower and middle 90s with a mix of sun and clouds.

    The upper air reflection of Bill will move off the Mid-Atlantic States on Sunday. That’s when the ridge over the Four Corners area makes its move eastward. This ridge will be the main player in our weather through the end of the week. This should bring the heat up for Monday and Tuesday with highs into the middle and upper 90s for Central Alabama. Showers will be rather scarce but an isolated storm or two will be possible with slightly better chances further south.

    Through the weekend and much of next week, expect fairly typical June weather along the beaches of the northern Gulf Coast. At the beach highs in the upper 80s, while just inland readings will be in the lower 90s. Showers and storms will be possible each day as the sea breeze moves inland each day. There will be plenty of sun for all the sunbathers to work on those tans, but sunscreen is a must as the UV index is extreme. Water temperature at Perdido Pass at Orange Beach was 88 degrees.

    By the end of the week, we can expect to see a break in the heat as a fairly substantial trough develops over the eastern half of the US. This somewhat unusual dip in the westerlies will bring temperatures back to more seasonal values and the MOS guidance was painting upper 80s for Central Alabama. That will certainly be some welcome relief from the heat.

    Severe weather today will be focused on the Mid-Atlantic states ahead of the remnants of Bill as well as the Central Plains mainly centered on Iowa. And the Atlantic Basin remains quiet with no storms expected for the next several days.

    The GFS continues the trough as we head into July, but by the time we reach the fourth of July, the westerlies should push back north with ridging across the southern tier of the US bringing some heat back into the picture.

    I’ll have the next Weather Xtreme Video posted on Sunday morning. Enjoy the day, stay cool, and Godspeed.

    -Brian-

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    Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Northwest Tip of Alabama

    Fri, 06/19/2015 - 16:29

    The NWS in Huntsville has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Colbert and Lauderdale Counties for strong storms west of the Quad Cities area of Northwest Alabama.

    The storms are moving northeast at 35 mph and should stay just west of Muscle Shoals and Florence.

    Other storms over eastern Mississippi will affect Franklin County over the next hour.

    Closer to the center of the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill, a think band of storms extends from Jackson TN back to Oxford and Batesville MS.

    Storms will continue to be a threat through the overnight hours and into early Saturday as the center of the low continues marching west across southern Illinois and Kentucky into tomorrow.

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    Storms Approaching Northwest Alabama

    Fri, 06/19/2015 - 14:29

    The surface low that is the remnant of Tropical Storm Bill is still very well defined this afternoon over southern Missouri, approaching Cape Girardeau. There are distinct “feeder bands” or spokes of vorticity rotating around the system. One thin line of storms is approaching Northwest Alabama at this hour.

    The convection will be into Northwest Alabama in about 90 minutes to 2 hours. The mesoscale models have been predicting that this convection will die out as it approaches the state, but I have a feeling that it will hold together as it continues to plow through moderately unstable air given the fairly strong forcing from the low.

    Additional convection develop and/or move into Alabama later this evening and Saturday morning.

    Winds have been gusty to the east and southeast of the low center over Arkansas, western Tennessee and northwestern Mississippi Winds gusted to 34 mph at Germantown TN near Memphis at 1:30 p.m. and have been consistently gusting above 25 mph in this area. Winds will start to pick up a little this evening over North Alabama, averaging over 10 mph through the overnight hours.

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